The Nashville Predators have traded a prospect and picks to the Chicago Blackhawks for young forward Hartman. Here are the details.
Well, if you can’t beat them, join them. The Chicago Blackhawks are having a down season, and rebuilding may be in their future. With several older players and difficult contracts, the time has come to part ways with some of their roster. With a roster filled with young players and looking for depth at the forward position, the Nashville Predators’ interest in Ryan Hartman was clear.
At just 23 years old, Hartman is showing signs of high scoring potential. In 2016-17, he finished the year with 19 goals and 12 assists, ranking ninth on a loaded Blackhawks roster. This year, he is seventh on a struggling team with 8 goals and 12 assists. Not bad for a fourth-line winger.
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Hartman is in the final years of his rookie contract and will be a restricted free agent this offseason. His current salary is $863,333 annually and could be within the Predators’ 218-19 budget.
In addition to Hartman, the Predators receive a fifth-round pick in 2018. However, it cost the team a bit more than many will like. The Predators sent a pair of draft picks to Chicago, including a first-round selection in 2018. Additionally, they Predators part ways with 22-year-old Victor Edjsell. The 6′ 5″ center has never played in the NHL, but was MVP of the Swedish second league in 2016-17. During that season, he notched 57 points. This season, he played in the SHL and scored 30 points in 44 games.
The trade was certainly not expected, developing quickly this morning. Giving away two picks is not ideal but also receive a fifth-round selection from Chicago. Considering where the Nashville Predators’ selections will come, it is not a massive loss. However, it leaves them with no selections until the third round, and three total picks.
Good thing their roster is set for a few seasons and Eeli Tolvanen is on his way up soon.